Student artists prepping for show
By Miranda Rios
As the date for the SJCA Studio Art show fast approaches, many of the Studio Art students are working diligently to complete all of their work.
Just a week ago, everyone was kindly reminded by their teacher, Mrs. Gagliardi, that the setup for the art show would commence in about two weeks, which then kicked everyone into high gear to finish all of their work for the show. Most of the young artists still have a good number of pieces to finish within the next two weeks.
As an example, one student had completed only five art pieces since the start of the school year, with five more pieces yet to finish within the next two weeks. This situation had a majority of students wondering just what happened with all the time they originally had to prepare!
Art featured at the show is the creation of juniors and seniors enrolled in the Studio Art class. The type of art ranges from drawings, paintings, prints, to stained glass. Those are not the only types of mediums featured, as there will be many more bearing the marks of student originality!
The 2015 Spring Studio Art show reception will take place on May 3 from 1-3 p.m. The art will hang in the school lobby for the following week as well. "We're almost as good as Picasso, so everyone should come to the art show," said junior Megan Madrigrano.
The Journey to Appleton Begins
By Mike Singleton
The 2015 spring baseball season is finally underway for the Lancers and expectations are running high. With a core group of seniors returning and many underclassmen, this group embodies a very high baseball IQ. Now it’s just a matter if they can come together as a team and ride to Appleton to achieve their ultimate goal—a state title.
The season started off a little slower than what the Lancers had expected, losing 13-6 to Taft High School in Chicago. The Lancers then looked to rebound in a non-conference doubleheader against Zion Benton. After losing the first game to the 10-run rule, the Lancers re-focused in the second. Going up 10-0 in the fifth inning, the Lancers took a commanding lead and rode it all the way to the end in a 12-5 victory.
“It's a start, finally getting the first win out of the way is nice; now it's time for conference play and we start off right away with the ‘best team’ supposedly in conference,” said senior Jimmy O’ Lear.
Fast forward to the opening week of conference play. It was time. Time to play Thomas Moore, allegedly the top team in the conference; well, that didn't sit well with many of the Lancer players. Senior Kyle Cable said, “It was to prove a point, they overlooked us in the preseason conference selection, and now we are here to make a point we're the best team.” The Lancers seemed to agree with Cable’s approach and got off to a great start in the first game, leading 10-0 going into the fifth inning.
“It was nice to get off to the start we did,” said senior catcher Pete Schuler. “We played Lancers baseball, and even though we tripped up a little bit we were able to regroup and close out the game."
Thomas Moore looked to roar back in the second game, sending out their ace that they intended to ride to the end. The Lancers had other thoughts, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning. The Lancers kept adding to the lead, providing some insurance, while also playing good defense behind the pitching of Kyle Cable and Don Goods, finally winning the game, 5-2.
By beating the preseason favorite, the Lancers found themselves high atop the conference with Martin Luther, both 2-0 in league play. The Lancers will now look to ride their momentum to a conference title and hopefully much more.
Rivera finds role as manager
By Cecilia Skurski
What’s a senior to do when you love spring sports but aren’t out for any? How about serving as a team manager?
Take, for example, Lancer baseball manager Amanda Rivera who is in her first year in the new role. Active on many fronts, Rivera has played both volleyball and softball at St. Joseph Catholic Academy, but opted not to play softball this season. Still, she wanted to remain involved and support her classmates.
Working as baseball manager proved to be the perfect opportunity for RIvera. She loves softball and baseball so this suits her well, though it was not all she expected. “When I first started, I had no idea what I had gotten myself into. Doing the stats on an iPad is harder than it looks, but after I got it down, it got a whole lot better,” said Rivera.
Rivera serves as manager along with sophomore McKenna Johnson. “What I enjoy most about being manager is hanging out with the baseball guys. They are always there to help me out if I need it and they are always making Kiki and I laugh," said Rivera.
Acting as manager is the perfect opportunity for Amanda to remain active at SJCA while continuing the relationships she has with her friends on the baseball team. Rivera is now considered one of the seniors on the baseball team along with six others: Kyle Cable, Pete Schuler, Mike Singleton, Jimmy O’Lear, Myron Glass, and Noah Draper.
“I think the team will do very well this season. All the guys want to go far and are becoming great players,” Rivera said.
Much is expected of the baseball team this season, especially considering the solid senior class. Count manager Amanda Rivera among them.
Soccer team gets first win of season
By Josue Tamayo
The St. Joseph Catholic Academy girls’ soccer team claimed their first win of the season, defeating visiting Racine Park, 2-1, on Wed., April 22. The win evened the Lancers overall record at 1-1-1, having lost their first game to The Prairie School before tying Wilmot Union by a score of 1-1.
“Although we had multiple injuries, everyone stepped up and played a great game of soccer. It was great to beat a Division 1 team to boost our confidence,” said junior midfielder Catharine Ryan.
It was an unseasonably chilly Wednesday afternoon but the Lady Lancers were ready and felt good about the game. The first half started with the Lancers taking control for the first 15 minutes but then Park began to battle back. It proved a great 25 minutes of soccer with no one able to get off a shot.
With 15 minutes remaining in the half, the Lancers had a corner with Madison Raith taking the kick. She sent the ball in the box but it was cleared by a Park defender only to land at the feet of Catharine Ryan who took the shot from outside of the box, curling it in for her first goal of the season and giving the Lancers the lead heading into halftime. The team felt great about the first half but knew they could do better.
When the second half began, the girls sensed they had this game in the bag as they continued to grow in confidence. The Lancers were passing particularly well and effectively communicating with each other as they controlled the ball. Mady Scopp, the starting forward, and a controlling presence for the Lancers during this young season, got a much-earned goal against Park in the second half, her first of the season. But then the lancers began to get sloppy in the back and let up a late goal against Park.
“We worked together really well and that showed in the outcome of the game,” said Mady Scopp.
Senior Emma Karnes added, “The park game was tough but we fought hard to win it. It definitely gave our team the confidence we need.”
Soccer team brings new attitude under new coach
By Hannah Johnson
With the girls’ soccer season well underway, there are many different views on how the season might go.
“The soccer team this year already looks ten times better than last year’s team,” said senior Kyle Cable.
Sarena Darbutas, a junior varsity/varsity swing player, sees a change in the program and the attitudes of all the girls on the team.
“I went into this season not knowing what was going to happen regarding last year’s turn out, but now I know for a fact we will come out every game with more intensity and skill,” said Darbutas.
Along with a new attitude, the team has two new coaches in Edgar Espinosa and Stemmeler, both of whom have played in college. “You all fought hard, played an intelligent game and you deserve this win,” said Espinosa following the team’s 2-1 win over Heritage Christian.
Everyone including whispering parents on the sidelines see a bright future for the 2015 girls soccer team.
Softball season heads into full swing
By Rebecca Bonnin
The St. Joseph girls’ varsity softball team entered the 2015 season full of new faces as the current lineup features just one senior and two juniors. Three games into conference play, the Lady Lancers boast a record of 1-3, with a lot of room for improvement though they are learning quickly under a veteran coach.
Coach Jeff Bonnin has led the Lancers to an 80-11 record during the past five seasons including four consecutive conference championships, three regional championships, one sectional championship and one WIAA state title appearance, finishing as state runner-up in 2013. “The team is young, which from a coach’s perspective I prefer. I like to teach and I feel I can make these girls great ball players,” said coach Bonnin.
The softball team graduated seven seniors last year, four of which received all-conference recognition. Returning junior Lindsey Thomas was second team all-conference last year with a batting average of .368. Thomas is again off to a fantastic start, batting .750 with three home runs through the first part of the season.
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It’s Election Time!
By Ashley Walther
Elections for the high school student council will soon be taking place with applications going out in an email later this week.
Student Council is made up of four people from each grade and an executive council of upper-classmen. Positions at the class level include president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. An executive council oversees all the classes. A pair of teachers serve as moderators of the club; this year the moderators are Mr. Weber and Mrs. Peterson.
“I love being able to help my school and community with an amazing group of my peers! My favorite event with Student Council is Relay for Life. At our summer meetings we plan what we will sell and how to raise money for the event. The event is super fun because you get to see the whole community of Kenosha come together for a good cause,” said sophomore class president Abby Walther.
Each class puts on a number of events that feature fundraising, advertising and actual running of the event itself. The Junior class plans Prom. The Senior class plans Winter Formal and Senior Banquet. Together everyone plans events such as the Christmas Charity Show toy drive, blood drives, Relay for Life, and Homecoming week.
A lot goes into planning these events but many Student Council members will tell you their favorite event is Homecoming week. Between selling class T-shirts, planning theme days, coordinating games and pep rally, organizing the parade, and preparing for the dance, the week is packed with fun. Many student council members will tell you that this is their favorite event of the year. Be sure to watch your school email for more information about joining Student Council.
Walther to cheer at St. Norbert's College & Lambeau Field
By William Van Lannen
When the name of former Packers quarterback Brett Favre is added to the Ring of Honor at Lambeau Field on Thanksgiving night, Ashley Walther will be on the sideline leading the cheers as a new member of the St. Norbert College Cheer Team.
Walther was one of just six girls added to this select group of St. Norbert College cheerleaders who have also backed the Pack as sideline cheerleaders at all home games since 1997.
“As a Green Knight, I look forward to cheering at the school’s football games and at the men’s and women’s basketball games. I am also super excited to have the opportunity to cheer at the Packer games!” said Walther.
Walther, who has never attended a Packers game, credits her coaches and teammates for making it to the next level. “Coach Kim (Hoke) and Coach Ashley (Royce) introduced me to cheer and turned our team into a family. They instilled in me a passion for cheerleading and I am so grateful that I get to pursue that passion in college,” she said.
Walther, the daughter of John and Cindi Walther, of Kenosha, Wis., intends to major in elementary education.
First foreign ambassador calls experience on SJCA student council ‘simply fantastic’
By Pengyu Chen
“Are you interested in Student Council? I have an idea to get more foreign students at St. Joe’s involved in our school and community.”
When Cameron Kormylo, President of the Student Council, also my best friend, introduced me to this great opportunity, I was attracted by his idea immediately. Being part of the school’s activities and serving the community offered to be both meaningful and enjoyable. Having arrived here just last year, the thought of being part of the student council was very appealing and appreciated.
I turned in my application. After Cam told me that I was admitted, I couldn’t contain my excitement. My experience in the student council started with making new friends. The passion and energy within our team really impressed me and motivated me. Everyone has different jobs but with the same purpose which is to make St. Joseph a better community.
My first event was to help set up the winter formal. It was a fun experience and I learned that happiness comes from helping others instead of requesting more for our own benefit. It just feels great working on a team to achieve great goals. I regard what we are doing and what we have finished at student council as art, which features everybody’s effort and brilliance. The value of art is to benefit and be appreciated by others. I think it is also the meaning of what we are trying to achieve here. My second experience with the student council was the Blood Drive. We got to school early to make sure we were adequately prepared. It really touched me when I saw many friends go to donate their blood to save others’ lives. Even though my experience as the ‘Foreign Ambassador’ was short, I learned so much from my friends, my community, and people around me. Most importantly, I discovered things about myself and came away with the desire to help others and contribute in ways that I now know I can.
All in all, I appreciate the opportunity to be part of the Student Council. It really helped me to gain confidence as I work towards personal improvement. I will keep working with my classmates and serving others in pursuit of a harmonious community. The willingness of people to help others is something hard to measure but when revealed it is deserving of praise and encouragement from all of us.
Coming to America
By Yue Yin Lin
Being a foreign student, I think it is far more difficult than many imagine. My friends in China only get nice pictures from me such as doing things for fun, trying something they’ve never done before, even going to Disneyworld. American students may believe we’re only here to learn some other country’s culture and have fun as well. I typically only show happy things to my friends and my family in China and yet there are actually many difficulties and trying times as a foreign exchange student.
It took more than 13 hours to fly here. Leaving the city where I was born and leaving my friends and family is something I’ll never forget. I still remember after I said goodbye to my dad, and then checking my luggage and passport, suddenly realizing that I would not see my dad for more than 10 months. It would be a long time before I returned to China for our summer holiday. Then I could not stop crying. I suddenly felt very nervous, unsure if I could study while living in another country with different people, a different language, and different food. Shanghai is a big city, and before I got here, I never even heard of Wisconsin, Kenosha. I wasn’t sure I would do well.
The adventure begins
My first adventure in America came when I needed to transfer at the Denver airport and they changed the flight gate. Struggling to understand the English over a loudspeaker, I didn’t even realize that I missed my plane. They told me the next flight was very early in the morning and I would have to sleep in the airport for one night. I seemed to forget how to speak English! To be safe, I tried to stay in the vicinity of other people; I just slept for less than two hours that night. After that incident, I became much more careful, finally arriving in Chicago.
Fortunately, I arrived to the home of a very nice host family that has treated me as a part of their family. They care about how I feel and what I need. My host dad always asks if I have any problems in school and he introduces me to his friends. He took me to my first day of school at St. Joseph Catholic Academy to meet my teachers. My host mom prepares my meals, takes me to school and picks me up every day. When I have a problem, she encourages me. She understands me and makes me feel very comfortable. Knowing I like animals, they took me to Disney World and we stayed at a hotel in the Animal Kingdom. I had a really good time there.
The school here is totally different than my school in China. It’s difficult to make friends and study in a second language. Being the only Chinese girl leaves me feeling lonely. There are some Chinese boys here, but some of them don’t like talking much and some I don’t have in class so I don’t see them very often. I often think that it would be nice to have another Chinese girl here. We could become close friends and help each other. I realize that it is good for my English to deal only with American students, but just one or two fellow Chinese girls would make me feel more comfortable. No matter whether you are American or Chinese, you want to share things with people of the same country, the same culture.
It can get lonely
Most of my classes are with younger grades, but they don’t come and talk to me, usually they just talk to their friends. It is like they already have their own groups. I want to talk to them, but at first my English was very bad, but now that it is getting better I don’t always know what to say in English. American boys will and talk to boys, but girls usually not. It makes me feel lonely. But I always believe that next year will be better; this year I will work hard on my studies. Thankfully, I can talk to my friends in China; they understand and encourage me. It really makes me feel better. My host family and American students probably think I am very quiet. But actually when I was in China, I wasn’t like this. I have a lot of friends, and I like to talk a lot. I like going outside with them after school or at weekends. I have changed. I really hope American students will come and talk to me; I am not quiet, I really just don’t know what to say, but I want to make friends.
I am different from many exchange students in that I am studying here because I want to go to a college in America; I want to have a better education and a bright future. I am also preparing for the SAT and TOEFL test. The first three months were the hardest time for me as my English is bad and going to a private school can mean a lot of homework. During the first three months, I worked on my homework late into the night—even three or four o’clock in the morning. I remember our history the teacher asking us to write the top ten most important events in America and explain why. That night I wrote for one to two hours, slept for 30 minutes, and then woke up to write again. Because I know I will struggle on tests, I have to do my best on my homework. Admittedly, in China, I was not always a good student m. I sometimes got bad grades, slept in class, chatted with my friends, and ate snacks. When I arrived, I realized I chose to come here, and my dad supported me. My dad is just a teacher in China, we are not a wealthy family, and he really spends a lot of money to send me here; I don’t want to let him down. I don’t want him to feel disappointed again and again. Tuition, tests, applications for college, even airlines flights; everything is very expensive. So I have to be like an adult, I have to work hard not just for my dad, but for myself.
With the second semester, a new problem arose. I started to miss Chinese food! When I was in China, I did not cook. My dad cooked for me every day. This semester, I started to learn how to cook. This summer, I will let my dad teach me how to cook. Then maybe I can also cook some Chinese food for my host family.
I plan to return next year, and hope it will go much better.
Fond of Finland but learning to love America
By Katariina Kokkonen
I would guess that most people who are reading this text haven’t been outside of the United States. The ones who have quickly notice how different things are in the country they are visiting. Even if you studied the language of the country you are visiting, you quickly find that it is a lot harder to speak with other people than it was in your school class where you were studied the foreign language. Perhaps you were traveling with family and friends and felt, for the most part, mostly safe and comfortable. If your trip was long, you missed your friends and returning home felt good.
Well, I can tell from experience that leaving your country, friends, family, home and culture for ten months isn’t the easiest thing in the world. First, I thought that making friends would be an easy thing because I have always been easy-going and had a big friend group around me. When I arrived, I noticed that making friends wasn’t going to be as easy as I had thought it would be. Culture shock and dealing with the differences between two cultures was quite difficult. Sometimes I felt that I was all alone and no one really cared how I was doing. I was afraid to speak English, especially in those situations when people couldn’t understand what I wanted to say. I missed home and everything about my country. I still do, but now I feel that I have a second home here in the states.
It’s the little things that make me happy. All types of school events, like sports, games and dances are definitely highlights of my year! Trips to places and cities, different holidays and ways of spending them have been great moments in my time here. Even the smallest of things like water posts, mail boxes, school buses and milk in plastic bottles make me smile. Someone saying hello in the hallway, asking if I would like to do something together, just smiling at me, school sports and my tennis team remind me why I came here. I want everyone to understand that it’s very easy to be friends with an exchange student because one of the main reasons why we come is to make new friends.
Some kids have asked me why I decided to be an exchange student if I don’t get any credit for this school year when I return. Being an exchange student and living a year in another country has always been my dream. I have travelled much with my family and I love different cultures and different ways of living. It’s easier to understand other people and their views on life if you have lived in their community for a while. Knowing another language is a huge plus. It’s a great skill to know more than one language and I’m sure that I will get a lot of benefit from it. I also love meeting new people, and I’m sure that my host sister and I will keep contact for the rest of our lives.
I think that one of the greatest things you get when you move to different country is growth as a person. You need to be adaptable to survive. You learn to know yourself better, trust yourself and be a stronger person. Things usually always find a way to work out. When I return home, I will appreciate things that I have never thought to be all that special. I’m sure that after all is said and done, this is going to prove to be one of the best years of my life. Nothing will replace this experience. If you ever have an opportunity to travel, you should absolutely must!
Opinion Reviews, Editorials, Misc.
By Kyle Cable
What causes senioritis in high school seniors? Students are said to be entering a phase as they enter the spring of their final year, implying that it is all but inevitable. There are ways, however, to keep from falling to the effects of senioritis.
Seniors across the United States experience the mindset of “senioritis.” Senioritis is the “checking out” of school. Another way of putting it is students lack the urge to get school work done, or to put much effort into finishing their final year of high school. It usually takes effect around the time just before Easter Break. Once back from break it is in full gear senioritis mood!
Many other seniors believe that their senioritis began much earlier at the start of the school year. “We have all wanted to be done since the beginning of the year,” said John Setter. After almost twelve years of middle and high school many are tired of school. Other students like Kara Hettinger believe differently: “I would like to make a special shout out to Ben Berman. He led by example, showing the rest of our class that senioritis can actually start freshman year. Thank you for your efforts, Ben.” Yes, some students were unique in their ability to exhibit senioritis right starting out as freshmen! Despite exhibiting many of the characteristics of senioritis, these students still manage to excel in the classroom.
Other students believed they suffered from senioritis their entire high school career, but it really grew more pronounced as seniors. “I’ve thought, in my earlier years, that I had 'senioritis,' but I was wrong. Only a senior can truly know the effects of senioritis,” said Angelyn Gallagher. Many seniors agree with Gallagher that only now do they truly understand the effects of senioritis.
Can students counteract the effects of senioritis? Yes, continue to work hard on homework assignments (if just for a bit longer), remain studious towards your studies (by paying attention to assignments not yet complete), and, lastly, maintain a mindset of wanting to succeed until finished. If students follow these three bits of advice they can finish high school on a high note. As a student going into college, I feel it’s important to remain academically disciplined. Upon graduation, being disciplined will be one of the most important lessons we learned.